Jerry Garcia Interview
Raddison Hotel, room 1503
St. Paul, Mn.
July 10, 1981
1. Intro>reckogning album> 03:06
2. Song Selections for acoustic sets> 01:27
3. Filming of Dead Ahead and other film projects> 04:08
4. Dead Set record> 01:10
5. 15 years so far> 01:18
6. Writing with Robert Hunter> 02:55
7. Working without a net> 03:26
8. The addition of Brent to the band> 00:55
9. Jerry on tapping shows! 01:05
10. Venue breakdowns> 02:06
11. Unbroken Chain?/Jerry's car> 01:13
12. Working without a net reprise> 03:01
13. Unbroken chain rehearsal tapes> 03:50
14. Improvisation vs. formula> 03:22
15. Looking forward to 1982> 03:09
16. Have you heard about Deadbase? 01:20
17. Introductions of freaks> 00:15
18. Jerry on the Midwest> 01:54
19> Jerry smokes a jay> 02:19
20. Is the Uptown Theatre (in Chicago) Closed? 03:30
1. /Getting Althea right> 02:02
2. Here's the jay> 04:57
3. Bobby Wierd> 03:19
4. Touring across America> 04:25
5. Working with Phil and Micky> 04:30
6. Flying to gigs> 04:29
7. Pat calls for backstage passes> 01:49
8. Jerry bums a smoke> 02:58
9. Iko Iko and other song's mysteries> 03:22
10. Jerry on world events> 02:52
11. "This is not the right world for our trip"> 03:11
12. We got to get going 01:07
13. Althea/ (1981-07-10) 05:55
This is one of the only candid interview tapes of Jerry in circulation. It starts with a journalist named Greg
Harrington asking some very intelligent questions about all types of topics and Jerry is very warm and generous during the interview. Later a few heads join the party and the tape keeps rolling. At one point someone sparks a jay and Jerry is inclined to smoke up with his new friends. What ensues is just hilarious as Jerry and company get progressively more stoned. This tape is a rare glimpse into the wonderful mind of Jerry Garcia. After listening to it, you will have a much better understanding of what it must have been like to be a member of the Grateful Dead, what was the process or lack of it for the band and who really is Jerry and what is his trip?
This is a wonderful part of my collection. I have seen a copy converted by someone else, but I have taken the time to convert a high bias 3rd GEN cassette to digital.
Note: Take special note to track 9 on disk 1. I Hope you enjoy Jerry's opinion on the matter of tapping shows.
Subject: Capt. Trips
Subject: Bobby Weird?
Subject: Fascinating and Fun
Subject: need more of these
Subject: Awesome :)
I always hoped someone would have an upgrade. It's a joy to hear the man, so humble & genuine & real.
Subject: Jerry's Kids..
It's so funny to hear Jerry comment on the pot grown in Iowa, or the 'crowded airspace' over California. Lastly,I love Garcia, he was the greatest, a 'Poor Man's Picaso', god rest his soul.
Subject: download/liste to this now!
it made my day.
Subject: YEAH, disk 1 Track 9, too bad Bobby, Mickey and Bill didn't take note of that!
Subject: It is just a day in the life
Personally, I think it might be a tad overwhelming sitting down and smoking up with Captain Trips but I think these guys did a good job of conveying to Garcia that the music he was making was V.I.P to them without going over the top.
Here we are lucky enough to spend some time in Garcia's world notice how gracious this man was not only to the heads who showed up, to the intervewer, but also to the folks that call him on the phone. It is a real shame that the Kindness of
Jerry Garcia did not rub off more on the scene because so many people have these high and holy attitudes that weigh about 10,000 pounds which they are trying to carry thru life, let it go, relax. If you really loved Garcia then try to share a little more of the man's good nature.
"Without LOVE in the dream, it will never come true"
Subject: cheer up back left!
Subject: This is awesome
Subject: sweet but sad
this is mostly a record of a missed opportunity. no one brought up how losing a finger affected jerry's playing, what music he listens to outside of rock or bluegrass, what does he think of bach, what instruments has he tried other than guitar, what books or authors he reads, how the death of band members or friends has affected him, how does he deal with wealth and fame, what influence was his father--a musician who named him for jerome kern--on his work, how could the ideals of the 60s be followed in a changing world, the place of drugs in creativity...
jerry was a very smart guy, curious and informed about many things outside of himself. he had a sharp, ironic sense of humor. yet so many of the people who latched onto him and the dead scene mistook rejection of ambitious thinking for freedom from conformity. as a result, tens of thousands of deadheads ended up as the empty burn-outs heard here.
sure, it's fun to hear jerry get high and ramble with fans, and not every conversation needs to be laced with profundities. but while this recording is sweet for the time it gives us to hang out with jerry garcia, it's also sad for the reminder it provides of the parking lot culture of so many deadheads.